Monday, 22 October 2012

Introducing TEDxEuston 2012 Speakers - Komla Dumor

The perception of the African continent beyond its boarders is often defined by its political leadership - but it is also defined by the perception created by its professionals; doctors, lawyers, engineers, teachers and how they engage with the societies they live in. One group of professionals that are in an extraordinarily strong position to define this perception are journalists. Komla Dumor has an exciting story of migration. This is aptly covered by Ghanaian blogger Francis Doku, in the story "The rise and rise of Komla Dumor", describing his journey from  a career as a traffic reporter on a smoky "shamiogbo" from the streets of Accra to being one of the most recognisable faces on BBC World. His recent role at the BBC has taken him round the continent as he covers important events on the continent with a voice that commands respect and authority. Komla's face and voice will be recognised round the world for many years to come, beyond the daily round-up of African stories seen across the world on BBC - Focus on Africa. You will have the rare opportunity to listen and engage with him, not on TV but life on the TEDxEuston stage!

Komla Dumor is one of the most recognised faces voices at the British Broadcasting Corporation. After a successful career in journalism in this native Ghana where he was named journalist of the year in 2003 for his investigations into public sector corruption, this former medical student joined the BBC in 2006 as the anchor of Network Africa. He is currently one of BBC's leading presenters with a range of responsibilities across all of the BBC's platforms - television radio and online. Komla presents the European morning programme on World News for the BBC's British and global audiences but his strongest contribution to the BBC has been his passionate and unparalleled coverage of Africa. Between 2009 and 2012 Komla was the anchor of the groundbreaking Africa Business Report on BBC World News. This program (a first for the BBC) took Komla to close to 20 African countries covering hundreds of thousands of miles interviewing the continents top entrepreneurs, politicians and policy makers. In addition to the European mornings Komla is the face and main anchor for the first BBC's programme dedicated daily African news and current affairs show; Focus on Africa

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